Competition Time: Top Picks from the new Go Jetters range, and your Chance to Win a Jet Pad and Grimbler worth £55!

There was silly amounts of joy here this week when we discovered that the new series of Go Jetters is being shown. From my perspective, as a parent and home educator, Go Jetters encompasses everything that’s good about kids TV. Not only are the characters fun, engaging and un-annoying, the best thing (for me) is that my children are stealth learning about the world while they watch. You really can’t ask for more as far as I’m concerned. My littlest two Clara (4) and Freddy (2),…

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Pumpkin Spiced Latte for Dairy Intolerant Sugar Avoiders

For a coffee lover like me there is something magical about pumpkin spiced latte. One sip and I’m fully immersed in all things crunchy leaves, bonfires and looking forward to the C word (see what I did there?) As it’s the first day of autumn, I though it was pretty fitting to share my sugar free, dairy free recipe. It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that I usually avoid Starbucks like the plague. Last year, after seeing pumpkin spiced latte advertised all over…

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The Trouble with Alcohol 

After seven years of pregnancy and parenting, I decided that this would to be the year I got my social life back on track, and it’s been amazing. I think I’ve seen my friends (without the kids in tow) more in 2016 than I did in 2009-2015 put together. The trouble is, that with socialising comes drinking alcohol. My ultimate nemesis! I’m not an alcoholic, but I’m not afraid to admit that I recognise alcoholic traits in myself. When I hit rock bottom after my…

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A Fabulous Night at the MAD Blog Awards

Warning: If you’re not a blogger, you will probably find this post a bit boring!  Last night I attended the MAD Blog Awards. For those not in the know, the MADs is a parent blogging awards ceremony, put on by the lovely Tots100 team. I’ve been blogging for almost four years, and have looked on enviously at this do in the past. It always looked like so much fun, and now I’ve experienced it for myself, know that it indeed is. So, I’m sat here…

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Solidarity with Refugees march to Parliament Square this Saturday #WeStandWithYou

The Children’s Society is proud to be taking part in the Solidarity with Refugees march to Parliament Square on Saturday 17 September 2016. The children’s charity are calling on the Government to do more so that young refugees and migrants get the help they desperately need to rebuild their lives when they reach the UK. They need help from social workers, mental health services, housing and independent legal guardians to help them navigate complex immigration and legal systems. For children fleeing war, violence and persecution – often…

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Manuscript Critique aka The Best Money You Can Spend on Your Book

**this is not a sponsored post** When I had written what I considered to be a brilliant first draft of my now-published book, I sent it off to a top literary agency for a manuscript critique. The editor was highly experienced, and I paid handsomely for his wisdom. The brutal truth I’m not going to lie, I had high hopes of him telling me that it was going to be the next big thing. That he would be handing it over to his agent friends asap,…

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Competition Time: Win a Bundle of Munchkin Goodies

Munchkin is one of a handful of brands that have been a massive hit in our house since my eldest (now seven) was a baby. From sippy cups to feeding accessories, bath toys to stair gates, their products are always great quality, easy to use and stand the test of time. Munchkin have recently launched a range of handy bundles, which not only have all your baby and toddler needs covered, but are also fantastic value. My favourite has to be the on the go must haves bundle,…

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How to Get Value for Your Savings in the UK

As I’ve mentioned before, I was never taught about managing money when I was growing up, and I know that I’ll be drumming this life lesson into my kids from an early age. The trouble is though, saving in the traditional sense can seem a bit futile when the rewards for squirrelling away our pennies are so disappointing at the moment. It’s hard to believe that just a decade ago, you could earn rates in excess of 6%. Today, as a direct result of the latest rate cut, a recent…

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Let’s Not Beat Around the Bush. Relationships are Damn Hard work!

To mark our seventh wedding anniversary in February, I wrote my husband this letter, where I jokingly asked if we would survive the so-called seven year itch. We got married after being in a relationship for five years, and I was twenty weeks pregnant with our eldest daughter Polly. We had led huge fulfilling lives before settling down. We’d travelled both independently and as a couple, and had made plenty of memories from our amazing experiences. We used to laugh until our bellies ached, eat…

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